Paw & Order
In January 2018, in conjunction with Animal Justice, I began a new initiative – the Paw and Order podcast. Recorded with my co-host Camille Labchuk, this bi-weekly podcast explores all sorts of animal law issues, with the goal of shining a light on what’s wrong with animal cruelty in Canada.Every podcast explores a special topic of interest, and early episodes have focused upon federalism, whales in captivity and the perils of dog breeding. But there’s more! Each episode, we examine animal law news of interest and take questions from our listeners, trying to explain why animal laws fail our animals so badly. And no episode is complete without our rendition of Heroes and Zeroes, a chance to honour those who are doing great things for animals, while giving those who are failing them the dishonour they deserve.
February 19, 2021
In this episode of the Paw & Order podcast, Camille Labchuk and Peter Sankoff catch up on what’s new, including Peter planning to attend an Animal Justice virtual event at Osgoode Hall, his new podcast with his daughter Penny, called Translating Criminal Law: Rated G airing its fourth episode, and a new article by our friend of the show Siobhan O’Sullivan about her battle with ovarian cancer. Camille updates the show on the exciting Animal Justice Academy, that’s now in its 4th week and has over 5,000 participants. It’s not too late to join!
In the news, the hosts discuss a Calgary police officer getting caught on camera kicking a K9 unit dog, Winnipeg Humane Society joining the fight to ban the live export of horses to Japan, a new lawsuit challenging the legality of shooting wolves from aircrafts in BC, Canada’s dairy industry feeding palm oil to cows, and Dr. Kendra Coulter discussing monkey labour for coconuts on The Current.
For our main segment, Peter welcomes senior lecturer with the University of Otago Faculty of Law and doctoral candidate Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere back to the show to discuss his dissertation on animal welfare law enforcement. Marcelo’s doctoral research argues that the systemic underenforcement of animal cruelty laws is a constitutional violation that shouldn’t be just concerning to animal advocates—but to all Canadians.
The Hero of the episode is a group of grade 9 students in Kelowna, BC who are calling for the end of animal dissection in their school, and the Zero is Health Canada for deciding not to include the suffering of animals as a factor is its review of deadly wildlife poisons.
To our producer, Shannon Nickerson, and podcast editor Micahl Contos.
To Kevin Lacroix for the podcast logo and for the musical sting in our podcast intro.
To DJ Quads for our intro, transition and outro music.
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Translating Criminal Law - Rated G
Our new fun, family -friendly podcasts decodes the basics of criminal law for children
Besides his award-winning podcast “Paw and Order,” Peter has recently started a new, fun project to explain criminal law to a younger audience. In Translating Criminal Law: Rated G, Peter Sankoff co-hosts with his 11-year-old daughter Penny and learns tween secrets in return. In each 30 minute long episode, they explore basic elements of criminal law, rated G, so without any of the potential gore.
Each episode contains a Question of the Day from Penny, which her dad answers with the help of one—and just one—Big Word of the Day, a.k.a. a term commonly used in criminal law. He’s also permitted one Latin Word of the Day, because law is so rife with words from the classical language that many non-lawyers don’t understand. Once the day’s subject is explained, in more than a little detail, Sankoff quizzes Penny on the content of what she was just taught. Next, it is Penny’s turn to teach her dad about some of the tween secrets he is certainly clueless about, like the names and credentials of TikTok’s most famous current dance stars. If you’re a parent looking for a way to connect with your kids, this feature alone is worth tracking down the podcast.
The daddy-daughter team is planning to release a new episode every two weeks.
Also read their story published in the University of Alberta's Folio recently.
Peter and Oscar discuss the stages of a criminal trial, and Oscar tells Peter about the game Among Us.
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